The American Film Institute named James Cameron's pioneering work on AVATAR and 2009's "extraordinary crop of animated releases" among eight of its annual Moments Of Significance, SCREEN DAILY reports.
For AVATAR, PLF (Pixel Liberation Front) was charged with designing and animating the monitors and HUDs for the fleet of military aircraft, a handful of shots in the shack set and some set-extension composites. In all, they delivered more than 220 shots.
Here's one straight out of the stupid-people-doing-stupid-things category. Jeremiah Gilliam, 22, allegedly broke into more than 200 cars and homes in Westchester County, N.Y., stealing dozens of video games, laptops and GPS devices, but wasn't busted until he started playing online with an Xbox system under one of his victim's accounts, according to the NEW YORK POST.
Marvel Studios' THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA will start production in June, director Joe Johnston told Fangoria.
Japan's Toho is readying an $11 million advertising blitz on New Year's Day for SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, VARIETY reports.
Peter Jackson may be taking on a project to adapt Philip Reeve's fantasy novels MORTAL ENGINES for a film, THE DOMINION POST reports.
SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, which is set to premiere Jan. 22, has been picked up for a second season by Starz, COMINGSOON.NET reports.
Leonard Nimoy, the original actor who played Spock in STAR TREK, has joined the cast of STAR TREK ONLINE, a multiplayer online role-playing game, COMINGSOON.NET reports.
A variety of news outlets, including TMZ reported that actress Brittany Murphy died early Sunday morning after going into full cardiac arrest. She was declared dead on arrival after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. A cause of death has not been determined.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writer/directors behind CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, are in talks to direct 21 JUMP STREET, VARIETY reports.
Peter Morgan (FROST/NIXON, THE QUEEN) told MI6 that James Bond 23 will be a "shocking story." Morgan has been working on the first draft of the screen play from July until October of this year, but said he couldn't give anyway anything further.
Director Alex Zamm will helm MARVIN THE MARTIAN, a big screen feature film based around Bugs Bunny's nemesis, according to THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.
Disneyland will once again be home to the 17-minute long CAPTAIN EO for a limited engagement starting in February 2010, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
SCREEN DAILY reports Kevin Bacon has landed the villian role in writer/director James Gunn's action-comedy SUPER. The project's cast already includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler.
MySpace reports from the AVATAR premiere that Bryan Singer will be returning to the X-MEN franchise.
SIMON & SIMON star Gerald McRaney has signed on to the pilot of J.J. Abrams' UNDERCOVERS, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
CORALINE was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Animated Feature category. Soon after the announcements were made, members of the CORALINE team offered their reaction to the news.
Frank Miller told THE LOS ANGELES TIMES that his follow-up to 300 will be called Xerxes, beginning about 10 years before the events of 300.
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, the team behind THOR, have been taped to write DAMN NATION, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.